Commissioner Nick Fish has Bell's Palsy

PORTLAND, Ore. -- On Friday, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced he has a rare condition called Bell's Palsy.

In a Facebook post, Fish said he doesn't normally share medical information but wanted to tell people about his condition. 

Fish said he went to Oregon Health and Science University Wednesday with symptoms of numbness and droopiness on the left side of his face. 

Bell's Palsy is a temporary paralysis of the face and usually is caused by damage to facial nerves, according to the National Institute of Health.

"My doctor at OHSU doesn't know what triggered it, and is confident it will not last that long," he wrote. "He put me on steroids for a week -- meaning I will never be able to play professional football!"

Fish told KGW the condition will not impact his work and he will not miss any time. 

"More annoying than anything," he wrote. 

 About 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Bell's Palsy annually, according to NIH. The condition is treatable and usually improves over time.



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